“Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.”
The church is God’s solution to the salvation of the world. We love it and we are on the same mission as He draws us closer into the centre.
We hide what we have if we are self centred and looking only inwards for our own gain. We model praise and worship to others when our gaze is up and upon Him.
We need space to discover ourselves and our faith but He is emphasising union and moving forward together. It is easier to withstand toppling if we are in the pack as in the rugby scrum where we En mass strengthen one another.
Wholeness, completeness, togetherness; the enemy likes to weaken us by scattering us. People of God coming together and singing His praises corporately pushes back the darkness.
We have individual assignments but God needs a corporate army of togetherness. A body who together can develop resilience and full body strength.
If we in the natural were to only exercise and train one body part, such as the right arm biceps, we would find an in balance in appearance and function and only be up to spec in one area.
The church body is in need of all parts for God’s glory to be enthroned.
There is need of leaders of all types to nurture pastorally and in theology. Those who hear prophetically and the Apostles to minister and evangelists to carry.
God is ready to lead His church in a new way, forwards for victory and like Nehemiah He needs builders and an army. Some of us are not sure where we fit yet but can have faith that He will have a solution.
We build with newly acquired resilience and stand firm in adversity.
In increased opposition It is time to formulate a plan and strategy.
This prevents reactionary knee jerk responses or being on the defensive.
Now it is vital to hear the Lord and know where He is moving so that we don’t become stuck in the old and increasingly powerless.
We live from heaven to earth not earth to heaven. Where we sit and posture ourselves matters to our perspective.
We already have experience in the flesh but require a tangible experience of the spiritual realm.
Where Adam and Eve fell out from that place where the spiritual was their natural reality we are being invited and pulled up to experience what we have for too long thought only began at our physical death.
Our spirit dependant on the Holy Spirit is unitedly in existence now and in eternity. Scripture has to be believed. We need dependency on knowing who we are and who God is.
“Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
We are bi-located. Here on earth and seated with Christ in heaven .
“and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,”
He has called us to our place and calling we are God’s children and co- heirs to the kingdom.
“having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,”
The good news gospel is how this can be because Jesus sacrificed Himself for our salvation and replacement to our Spiritual realm and in Gods presence.
We have access to the Triune solution. Whatever our circumstances they can be transformed to a heavenly outcome.
They open us up to Their wisdom. We have a knowing or a wise word that pops out unthinkingly and is not processed in our head we are enabling Their wisdom to influence a situation or circumstance. Sometimes intentionally, others not, it arises because the Spirit of God lives inside us, inhabits us.
When we allow the reconnect we can see and feel that Spirit at work changing outcomes and atmospheres. We become aware and awakened to this higher realm to operate from intentionally or not.
We must allow God to structure us and not the world. We must become knowledgeable about what truths there are in the Word.
Link arms and together become strong. United we stand divided we fall.
“Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.”
The illustration shows the spectrum – spiritual solidarity, unity, linked armed strength emanating and reflecting Christ’s light to illuminate and push back the darkness.
Five Scriptures that come to mind :
“Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.””John 3:3 ESV
“and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,”Ephesians 2:6 ESV
“having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,”Ephesians 1:18 ESV
“far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”Ephesians 1:21-23 ESV
“Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.”Matthew 12:25 ESV
The song Whatever Your Plan Is. Josie Buchanan